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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Two beginner questions on: October 07, 2010 10:47:12 AM

some years ago I had a chance to try spinning and as a result I have plied two-colored yarn that is quite uneven. I would like to use it for something as I really like it, but I have no idea how large project I could do with it (I was thinking of knitting something). I just weighed it and I have a little over 200 grams. I have hard time describing the thickness as I don't really know all the terminology in English. It looks like something I would knit with size four needles (I guess I'm using Europian measurements for needles). The main question is: does uneven handspun yarn behave differently from bought yarn?

Also another question. As an exercise I plied two shop bought yarns together (I thought it would be a good idea) and the result is a yarn that has a terribly tight twist in it. It kinks and after all these years the twist still hasn't settled and unravels if it's not tied. Could this kind of yarn be used for something? (Anything?)

(Oh, I wish I had time to practise spinning right now!)

Than you in advance.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for materials for traffic-signs and traffic-lights on: July 07, 2010 04:13:47 AM
Hi, my son (5 yo) got inspired to craft again and now we planned to make some traffic-lights and traffic-signs for him. I think we will make the signs out of cardboard and paint them (he likes to cut and paint). Now I need ideas for what to use for the base and the post. He suggested toothpicks, but I fear that they might be too thin and break too easily. Materials should be very cheap/free and preferably recycled (something we might already have at hand). I was thinking of doing the base from some kind of clay, but he doesn't like the idea (he's got an issue with how things feel).

(I hope this is the right place for this kind of question.)
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted bag for stroller on: August 05, 2005 08:47:39 AM
Here's first thing I've knitted this year.
In action
and flat.

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged clock with underwater scenery on: December 27, 2004 11:47:45 PM

I made this clock for my mother for Christmas as she loves fishing. I have to give gredit to my husband who helped me by painting the papers I used (the fish is from some prochure) as I had so many things I had to finish in time.

I  like the way it came out even though I would have preferred to make more things myself. I really ran out of time and had to by a set of numbers to use for the clock. I guess the most important thing is that my mother loved the idea  Cheesy.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafty mothers? on: December 17, 2004 10:00:32 PM
Sometime in Janyary I'll become a mother. Now I'm wondering, what kind of crafts I'll still be able to do then. Will the first couple of months be completely craft free time consentrating on the baby or is there something easy people have been able to do while taking care of their newborn babies?

Any ideas or experiences?
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged boxes on: November 12, 2004 09:33:34 AM
I have two boxes (orange and green) I use to store deco booklets. The boxes were quite wobbly and after a year or so they started to look like they'd fall apart one day.  Then I have one box (violet) for miscellanious deco material that doesn't fit anywhere else. This box is an old box for chocolate. I wanted to make the two wobbly ones sturdier and to make all the boxes better looking so I decided to finally give decoupage a try.

I used bits and pieces I'd stored from deco making and other projects. Then I blotted some ink over the design.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nursing shirt on: November 12, 2004 09:25:44 AM
I made this shirt for my sister. I had the idea from magazine, but the pattern was of wrong size and actually of wrong shape too. So I basically made the pattern myself. The shirt is a bit too big for me, but you get the idea.

I'm quite happy with the way it came out, even though there are some details I'd do differently the next time (like the collar).

The front of the shirt is made of two layers of fabric. The top layer covers the slits for breasts. Here you can see how the slits work. (And that is a shirt showing underneath, not my bra  Grin)

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